Mrs Fries Neumann is known professionally as Silly Tilly and whilst she agrees that “not everybody likes to be laughed at,” for her, it’s an essential part of the job. As she told the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster program, “for someone who is a clown, your worst nightmare would be to not be laughed at.”
But clowns in Northern Ireland have a problem. When Covid-19 happened, everyone was forced to go into lockdown, travel restrictions came into force and crowds became a big no-no, so there was less and less need for clowns.
For the clowns working in Northern Ireland, many went into lockdown with
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